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There's a trend developing in this year's Bears mock drafts

There's a trend developing in this year's Bears mock drafts

The Bears' offseason needs have been pretty well documented. Most of the focus is on quarterback and whether GM Ryan Pace will add legitimate competition for Mitch Trubisky, and a spotlight has been placed on the offensive line, where a guard and tackle rank high on Bears fans' wish lists.

But it's Chicago's need at tight end that is dominating the 2020 NFL mock draft circuit right now. The Athletic's Dane Brugler published his new two-round mock draft this week and has the Bears diving into the tight-end pool at pick No. 43.

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In this mock, Brugler sends the Bears Cole Kmet, the impressive pass-catching tight end from Notre Dame. Kmet is the first tight end off the board in Brugler's projection, which also continues a trending theme that the Bears will have their pick of the tight end litter in 2020. In a recent mock draft by The Draft Network, Chicago snagged Washington's Hunter Bryant at No. 43; he was the first tight end off the board in that mock, too.

As for the 50th pick, Brugler has the Bears bulking up the defensive line with Alabama's Raekwon Davis. It's the first mock draft that has Chicago using one of their first two selections on a defensive lineman. The Bears could certainly do a lot worse than Davis (6-7, 312), who would offer the defense another powerful front-line defender. The thought of Eddie Goldman, Akiem Hicks, Bilial Nichols and Davis is, well, scary.

The biggest takeaway from the early mock-draft season is the near-consensus opinion that the Bears will be one of the first, if not the first, teams to pick a tight end. Brugler's mock was no exception, and it should have Bears fans excited.

Whether it's Bryant, Kmet, Brycen Hopkins (Purdue), Jared Pinkney (Vanderbilt) or any of the other Day-2 tight ends in this class, it appears like Chicago will have a legitimate opportunity to upgrade the position and at least challenge Trey Burton to become the receiver Pace decided to pay $8 million per season to be. 

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Pro Football Focus predicts Colts TE Eric Ebron to Bears

Pro Football Focus predicts Colts TE Eric Ebron to Bears

Now that Greg Olsen is spoken for by the Seahawks, the Bears must continue their search for an upgrade at tight end. Pro Football Focus has released their predictions for the top 50 free agents this offseason and they suspect the Bears will sign former Colts' TE Eric Ebron.

The argument put forward by PFF is solid. With both Trey Burton and Adam Shaheen underperforming in 2019, the Bears are desperate for anyone with experience at TE. Enter Ebron, who has been a consistent receiver putting up grades between 69.4 and 71.4 over the past four years of his career. During his first season in Indianapolis in 2018, Ebron scored 14 touchdowns. His 2019 season was cut short due to an ankle injury, with him scoring three touchdowns and 31 catches in 11 games. Consistency has been the biggest issue for the Bears offense, making Ebron an attractive prospect for Chicago. 

PPF projects the Bears will sign him to a 3-year, $7.5 million per year contract ($14 million guaranteed).

This isn’t the first time the 2018 Pro-Bowler has been connected to the Bears. Eagle-eyed fans caught Ebron interacting with Akiem Hicks and Tarik Cohen on Twitter earlier this year, with many speculating the current Bears’ players were encouraging Ebron to join them at Soldier Field in 2020. 

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Teddy Bridgewater too expensive for the Bears?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Teddy Bridgewater too expensive for the Bears?

Laurence Holmes, JJ Stankevitz and Mark Grote join Kap on the panel.

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17:00 - Drew Brees is heading back to New Orleans, so Teddy Bridgewater will be looking for a new home. The guys discuss if he'll be too expensive for the Bears. if he is, who could come to Chicago to join Mitch in the QB room at Halas Hall?

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